noshing @ the nook

September 30, 2014

Have you heard of Nook? Recently, I know a lot of people who have been blogging about, Facebooking about, and Instagraming pictures from this awesome little eatery in Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood. Since my sister and mom were in town, I put this on our list of places to try and I am so glad I did because it was absolutely delicious! While I’m not sure exactly what kind of food to call we foods we tried … I guess Modern American … it was yum! We didn’t end up ordering any of the pizzas or main dishes, but settled on the Poutine, Chopped Chicken Salad, and the Short Rib Brushetta. All three choices were absolutely great choices. I loved the gravy and curds on the poutine so much that the fried egg we opted out on wasn’t missed. The salad was filled with lots of tasty chicken and avocado chunks. And the brushetta was loaded with well marinated short rib. My mom said that even my dad might have approved of this place!

As a former designer, I am also in love with their oo’s!

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Welcome!

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Cool menu

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Short Rib Brushetta

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Chicken Chop Salad

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Poutine sans the fried egg because that cost $2 extra

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Neat bathroom sink

{orlando} epcot’s night time

September 29, 2014

It’s Epcot isn’t just about the World Showcase that we’ve been showcasing the past couple of days here on this little blog and it isn’t just fun in the daytime. If you do want to read more about the World Showcase, know that it lets visitors experience the culture and cuisine of 11 countries: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada. Previously highlighted Epcot countries: Mexico, Norway, Germany, Japan, Morocco, France, and all the other countries in one post.

In fact, I personally think everything looks cooler at night. Granted the one night we were at Epcot, it started pouring! We were lucky that the fireworks weren’t cancelled. It let up right before the fireworks were scheduled to start. And then, right before the park closed, my sister and I ran around the entire World Showcase taking pictures of each of the countries all lit up against the dark night sky. It was awesome!

A nighttime Epcot photo adventure:

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Fireworks!

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Mexico

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Norway

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China

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Germany

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Italy

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America

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Japan

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Morocco

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France

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United Kingdom

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Canada

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Epcot!

[good reads] harry potter 2

September 28, 2014

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goodreads-hp2 Yesterday, the electricity went out in Central Phoenix because of a monsoon. There were strong winds and rain so it’s not rare for the old rickety electrical wires to go down under harsh conditions. Anyway, that’s the reason this post is up late!

After reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, I thought it would make sense to read book 2 in the series: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling. One of the reason I love the Harry Potter series of books is because it introduces the muggle world to so many magical creatures like dragons, phoenixes, 3-headed dogs, unicorns, centaurs, pixies, ghouls, griffins, hippogriffs, mermaids, sphinx, and trolls, just to name a few. Of course, the most important in this second books of the series is the basilisk. This giant serpent inhabits the Chamber of Secrets and when the chamber was first opened, the 50- to 100-foot creature killed Moaning Myrtle. The second time, he captures Ginny Weasley. Of course, our hero Harry kills the basilisk after pulling Godric Gryffindor’s sword out of the sorting hat. Dumbledore’s phoenix’s tears are especially important in this book, as well, which makes reading all about these magical creatures and their abilities all that more exciting!

Read previous entries in this Harry Potter series here:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

It’s Epcot isn’t just about the World Showcase that we’ve been showcasing the past couple of days here on this little blog. If you do want to read more about the World Showcase, know that it lets visitors experience the culture and cuisine of 11 countries: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, the United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada. Previously highlighted Epcot countries: Mexico, Norway, Germany, Japan, Morocco, France, and all the other countries in one post.

Aside from the World Showcase though, Epcot is comprised of Future World East and Future World West. When we visited Future World East, we went on two rides: Spaceship Earth and Mission: SPACE. In Future World West, there were many more rides: The Sea with Nemo & Friends, Soarin’, Living with the Land, and Journey into Imagination with Figment. I think my favorite ride was The Sea with Nemo and Friends especially since I love that movie. The Mission: SPACE ride was super intense because we went on the Orange ride, which simulated what it would feel like to shoot up into space in a rocket … crazy!

A futuristic Epcot photo adventure:

 

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foto friday: light ball

September 26, 2014

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